Mayor Mitch Landrieu this week will kick off his annual series of community budget meetings, one of the steps in creating his administration’s 2017 spending plan for the city.
Landrieu has held the budget meetings, one in each City Council district, each year since taking office in 2010.
They give New Orleans residents a chance to offer their views on what the city’s priorities should be in the coming year and what the administration should be funding — or to voice opinions about anything else city government is doing or not doing.
The meetings are typically the kick-off point for the budget season and are followed by the unveiling of the proposed spending plan in October, council hearings on individual departments’ spending plans and operations, and finally the council’s adoption of a budget in November.
All the district meetings start at 6 p.m. and typically run about two hours.
City officials will arrive a half-hour before each meeting begins to speak one-on-one with residents.
Spanish translators will be available at all five meetings, and Vietnamese translators will be on hand at the meeting in District E.
The first meeting will be held Wednesday in District A, represented by Councilwoman Susan Guidry, at Lakeview Christian Center, 5885 Fleur de Lis Drive.
The meeting for District C, represented by Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey, will take place Thursday at Alice M. Harte Charter School, 5300 Berkley Drive, Algiers.
The meeting for District E, represented by Councilman James Gray, will be Monday at Household of Faith Church, 9300 I-10 Service Road.
On July 13, officials will meet in District D, represented by Councilman Jared Brossett, at Corpus Christi Church’s Community Resource Center, 2022 St. Bernard Ave.
The final meeting will be held on July 14 in District B, represented by Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, at the Kipp Central City Academy at Carter G. Woodson School, 2514 Third St.
The administration also will accept comments on the budget by email at email@example.com.